Windows Server Troubleshooting
- October 09, 2019
Microsoft attempts to stamp out printing issues that originated from a faulty out-of-band patch for an Internet Explorer zero-day.
- April 10, 2018
Microsoft delivered out-of-band security patches to address the Total Meltdown and malware engine exploits as a precursor to its regularly scheduled April Patch Tuesday fixes.
- March 13, 2018
March Patch Tuesday adds several more mitigations for the Spectre and Meltdown exploits, this time for 32-bit server and client operating systems.
- February 13, 2018
Administrators who rushed out fixes in January for the Meltdown and Spectre flaws then had to unwind some of those corrections after additional problems occurred.
- January 09, 2018
Complications surrounding the fix for the Meltdown and Spectre microprocessor architecture flaws will make the patching process more difficult for administrators.
- December 12, 2017
Windows Server administrators should focus their patching efforts on a Remote Procedure Call vulnerability that could allow an attacker to stake his claim to company data.
- November 14, 2017
Microsoft said there were no critical vulnerabilities for Windows Server this month, but it issued patches for exploits that could be more damaging in the long run.
- October 31, 2017
Microsoft's Project Honolulu puts the GUI back in the spotlight for systems administrators who felt left behind by the company's focus on advanced initiatives.
- October 10, 2017
One year in, Microsoft's cumulative updates model has made enterprise IT systems more secure, but forced administrators to adjust their patching process.
- August 08, 2017
Security researchers uncovered a new SMB vulnerability in July, but Microsoft feels most administrators who follow network security best practices are already protected.
- July 11, 2017
Administrators should prioritize yet another vulnerability associated with the SMB protocol that could allow attackers to overtake Windows systems.
- May 09, 2017
Microsoft didn't wait until May Patch Tuesday to issue an update on a critical Malware Protection Engine vulnerability discovered by Google's Project Zero.
- March 14, 2017
After Microsoft skipped February Patch Tuesday, it released 17 updates in March, including a long-awaited patch for a zero-day Server Message Block vulnerability.
- February 15, 2017
Despite a known zero-day flaw, Microsoft delays February's security bulletins for an unspecified reason.
- January 10, 2017
Microsoft starts 2017 with just three bulletins, but administrators who manage Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 should pay close attention to one exploit.
- December 13, 2016
Microsoft delivers 12 patches and adjusts its operating system servicing model for administrators who want security-only updates separate from the monthly quality rollup.
- November 08, 2016
Microsoft's November Patch Tuesday seals a zero-day vulnerability, while Windows administrators seem to be taking October's debut of the new rollup servicing model in stride.
- October 11, 2016
Despite patches for several zero-day vulnerabilities, Windows Server admins get a light workload as Microsoft changes its servicing model.
- August 09, 2016
Of the nine security bulletins released for August Patch Tuesday, Windows Server operating systems are only affected by six.
- May 10, 2016
Microsoft issued 16 security bulletins for May's Patch Tuesday, including critical updates for its Internet Explorer and Edge browsers, as well as Microsoft Office.
- June 09, 2015
June proves less buggy for Microsoft as Redmond issues only two critical patches targeting Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player.
- May 12, 2015
A Windows Server 2003 vulnerability won't receive a fix in the latest batch of Patch Tuesday updates.
- May 11, 2015
Microsoft divulged details on Windows Update for Business, a new option to help admins control when Windows 10 client devices receive updates by distinguishing update rings.
- April 14, 2015
Microsoft issued patches across 11 bulletins addressing 25 vulnerabilities for April's Patch Tuesday, and rolled out Skype for Business to Office 365 customers.
- March 10, 2015
Microsoft issued patches across 14 bulletins for this month's Patch Tuesday update, including fixes for Windows and Office.
- February 10, 2015
Microsoft issued patches across nine bulletins for February's Patch Tuesday update. The company fixed issues within Group Policy and Internet Explorer.
- January 14, 2015
January saw a light Patch Tuesday, but Microsoft's move to discontinue its advance notification service has rankled security researchers.
- December 09, 2014
Microsoft's last set of security fixes for the year brought critical fixes for Microsoft Office, VBScript and Internet Explorer.
- November 11, 2014
Microsoft patched two zero-day vulnerabilities in the year's largest Patch Tuesday update, but it delayed an Exchange update.
- October 14, 2014
Microsoft returned to a higher number of patches in its October update, with fixes for three critical issues.
- August 12, 2014
Microsoft patched two publicly known vulnerabilities in the August Patch Tuesday update. The company also introduced plug-in whitelisting in IE.
- July 08, 2014
In July's Patch Tuesday update, Microsoft issued critical fixes for Internet Explorer and a lesser-known Windows program.
- June 10, 2014
Microsoft's June Patch Tuesday contains for a large number of vulnerabilities within Internet Explorer. Plus, the company issued fixes for Word 2007.
- April 08, 2014
An RTF exploit gets patched for Microsoft Office in this month's Patch Tuesday update. Plus, Microsoft updates server and client OSes.
- March 11, 2014
Microsoft's Patch Tuesday updates include fixes for Internet Explorer and DirectShow. Plus, Windows XP support nears its end.
- February 11, 2014
February's Patch Tuesday from Microsoft delivered three critical bulletins, including a 24-vulnerability Internet Explorer patch.
- December 10, 2013
Microsoft patched critical vulnerabilities in Exchange and Internet Explorer in December's Patch Tuesday, rounding out a busy year for administrators.
- November 12, 2013
Patch Tuesday brings fixes for a zero-day flaw, Hyper-V, Microsoft Office and more. But only one could be called the "coolest."
- October 08, 2013
Happy birthday, Patch Tuesday: the tenth anniversary of Microsoft's patching program brought its own gifts, including fixes for Internet Explorer.
- September 10, 2013
Microsoft delivered patches in 13 bulletins this week, including four critical bulletins. Recent versions of Outlook and Office are affected.
- August 13, 2013
In Microsoft's August Patch Tuesday update, the company patched a range of vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer, Exchange and more.
- July 09, 2013
On Patch Tuesday, Microsoft addressed a number of critical flaws in font parsing and vulnerabilities in Windows Server 2008 R2.
- June 11, 2013
Microsoft offered five bulletins in June's Patch Tuesday updates, with 19-vulnerability critical Internet Explorer patch and Windows Server 2008 fixes.
- May 14, 2013
Microsoft delivered two critical and eight important bulletins in May's Patch Tuesday release, fixing issues in Windows Server 2012 and Office apps.
- April 09, 2013
April's Patch Tuesday update fixes 13 vulnerabilities in IE, Remote Desktop Protocol, SharePoint 2013, Active Directory and Windows Defender.
- March 13, 2013
March's Patch Tuesday updates contain fixes for Internet Explorer 8 and a USB drive exploit. Plus, the company released non-security updates.
- February 13, 2013
In a busy February Patch Tuesday, Microsoft fixed another critical Oracle vulnerability in Exchange. Plus, Internet Explorer received fixes.
- January 09, 2013
Admins begin the new year with a light Patch Tuesday that includes two critical bulletins, but they'll also want to pay attention to an exploit in IE.
- December 11, 2012
As 2012 draws to a close, Microsoft has one last batch of patches for admins. This month, Windows Server 2012, Office and Internet Explorer get fixes.
- December 03, 2012
Systems management expert Don Retallack offers details of next year's Microsoft System Center 2012 Service Pack 1.
- October 09, 2012
Improperly time stamped certificates mean rereleased patches, on top of fixes for Microsoft Word and Kerberos vulnerabilities this month.
- September 12, 2012
System Center Configuration Manager 2007 receives a patch, plus Microsoft delivered a beta version of a service pack for the 2012 edition of the product.
- June 14, 2012
With heightened concerns about the Flame malware, Microsoft released fixes for Windows Update and WSUS ahead of Patch Tuesday.
- April 10, 2012
April's Patch Tuesday announcement from Microsoft included four critical bulletins addressing flaws in Windows, Windows Server and Internet Explorer.
- March 13, 2012
Patch Tuesday for March is the lightest for Microsoft this year, but one “critical” patch for Remote Desktop Protocol needs to be applied immediately.
- February 14, 2012
Microsoft sent admins a Valentine's bouquet of fixes for 21 vulnerabilities this month, with a focus on Windows Server 2008 R2 and desktop Windows.
- January 10, 2012
Microsoft kicks off another year of bug squashing, delivering seven security bulletins to seal holes in Windows Server 2008 R2 and desktop versions of Windows.
- October 07, 2011
Microsoft's upcoming Cluster Aware Update Wizard aims to ease the pain of patch management. But IT shops have questions about how it might fit with their internal patching procedures.
- August 18, 2010
Microsoft has put an emphasis on green IT with its next release for System Center Configuration Manager 2007, but will organizations feel the need to upgrade?
- August 11, 2010
For a hefty price, Microsoft now offers a dedicated support plan for computers in Windows shops where even a second of downtime is too much.
- August 02, 2010
Survey results reflect that increased server virtualization deployments and improved automation capabilities have contributed to the growing demand in systems management tools.
- June 11, 2010
While dynamic memory features have received most of the press, the first service pack for Windows 2008 R2 will also include improvements to DirectAccess and Active Directory.
- June 04, 2010
There are two versions of AppFabric – one for cloud applications and another for in-house apps. Here's what they can do for you.
- December 04, 2009
Microsoft has a long way to go before it reaches its goal for MinWin. Windows expert Mark Minasi talks about what MinWin means to IT professionals.
- November 06, 2007
Windows shops are turning to a single sign-on password environment as an answer to managing a flawed multi-password environment.
- September 04, 2007
Microsoft hired white hat hackers for their security expertise and is now spotlighting them for the public on a blog.
- August 09, 2007
Remote code execution vulnerabilities continue to pile up.
- July 17, 2007
The integrity of the TPM chip is vital to the future of computer security and the value of Windows Vista's BitLocker technology. Cracking it could turn the IT industry on its ear.
- June 28, 2007
Computer memory problems do not have to be difficult to diagnose and remedy. This guide explains how you can troubleshoot your way back in business.
- June 18, 2007
In this guide, Contributor Bernie Klinder reviews computer memory types, chips and memory form factors differences and explains how to determine computer memory needs for your Windows environment.
- May 29, 2007
Even though Microsoft has dropped key features from its hypervisor called Viridian, Windows shops won't likely quibble.
- May 01, 2007
Free scanning tool has improved reporting features and a Microsoft Management Console-based user interface.
- March 06, 2007
This Scripting School column examines how Windows PowerShell, the new command-line scripting tool, compares to VBScript.
- January 30, 2007
On the 25th anniversary of the first computer virus, Richard Skrenta recalls his momentous teenage prank and looks ahead at the future of software.
- November 20, 2006
The Windows command line is a mainstay for systems administrators. Here's a list of ten of the most useful command-line functions that are built right into Windows Server 2003.
- October 23, 2006
If you're a Windows administrator, there are some tasks that are simply not worth doing. Here are five that are simply not worth the trouble.
- September 29, 2006
As a way of finding and replacing text in scripts, the regular expressions method allows you to do things that pattern matching doesn't. But using regular expressions takes practice.
- September 26, 2006
Whether you view the security of Active Directory as a matter of defense or of improving its configuration management, it's a system that must be protected.
- August 23, 2006
We combed the archives of SearchWinComputing.com and compiled this list of tips that can help you maintain the performance of the servers in your Windows infrastructure.
- August 07, 2006
IT managers are learning that using desktop virtualization software to patch their enterprise desktops has the potential to save time, money and energy.
- July 31, 2006
Creating an office inventory system can be time-consuming. A simple script can give you the information it's possible to get programmatically and prompt the user for the information you can't get without their help. Run this script when a user first...
- July 20, 2006
In the wake of Microsoft's acquisition of Sysinternals, IT managers worry about how long the software giant will continue to make free tools available on the Web site.
- June 26, 2006
Rootkit expert Mark Russinovich addresses the state of Microsoft security and offers suggestions for protecting your Windows system from rootkits and other malware in this podcast from the recent Microsoft TechEd 2006 conference in Boston.
- June 16, 2006
High-tech executives have differing opinions about how the Microsoft icon will be remembered in terms of his contribution to IT.
- June 07, 2006
Two previous Microsoft acquisitions are finally bearing fruit. The company will release antispam and antivirus software under the Antigen brand on July 1.
- May 30, 2006
Last month's scripting column gave an overview of what's involved in programmatically creating new folders and setting permissions on them. This month, Christa Anderson examines the script that performs these tasks.
- May 01, 2006
SearchWinComputing.com members frequently have domain-related questions for our server management expert, Laura E. Hunter. Find out her answers now!
- February 13, 2006
Expert Christa Anderson explains how you can provide guidance to those using the scripts you write (so that running the utilities you create doesn't require reading the source code) and how you can set up the script to run remotely.
- December 29, 2005
Users are being warned to avoid surfing untrusted sites as an exploit in Windows image files spreads in the wild and Microsoft has yet to release a patch.
- December 12, 2005
One problem with producing output from a script is that it's temporary. Here's how you can make your scripts write the output to a text file using the File System Object.
- September 29, 2005
Microsoft Software design engineer Jeff Biseda offers advice on how to allow a Unix server to access NFS shares.
- September 28, 2005
We recently asked SearchWinSystems.com readers to tell us what their favorite admin tools are -- the utilities they just couldn't live without. Read about Dameware NT.
- September 28, 2005
We recently asked SearchWinSystems.com readers to tell us what their favorite admin tools are -- the utilities they just couldn't live without. Read about CheckIt Pro.
- September 07, 2005
Our scripting column this month explains how to use an important object collection in Windows Script Host: named arguments.
- July 29, 2005
Scripting without objects is very limiting. This month's scripting column introduces you to a sampling of the Windows Scripting Host objects, how they help you perform administrative tasks and work with your environment.
- June 07, 2005
Gartner Security Summit analysts predict security will move off networks.
- June 02, 2005
Microsoft's "Dr. Watson" program-error debugger may not be an enterprise must-have, but it does have its uses for IT and developers. SearchWinSystems.com recently spoke with Russ Cooper, senior information security analyst with Cybertrust Inc., in ...
- May 12, 2005
With the growing industry trend of all-in-one security appliances, experts warn that a single system is also potentially a single source of failure.
- April 29, 2005
In the second article in our continuing series on scripting, noted scripting expert Christa Anderson covers some advanced scripting concepts and offers several tips that will help you debug your scripts.
- April 11, 2005
This tip reviews steps Windows administrators can take to prevent computer memory problems.